J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes Foundation: Chicago Grants

OVERVIEW: J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes Foundation was founded in 2007 and makes many of its grants in the Chicago area.

FUNDING AREAS: Health, arts & culture, education

IP TAKE: Around $4 million has gone out of the door annually in recent years. Reyes has served in high-ranking positions at several local hospitals and medical centers.

PROFILE: J. Christopher Reyes graduated from the University of Maryland and purchased a Schlitz beer distributorship in South Carolina for $740,000 with his brother, Jude, and father. Within a year, the brothers added another outlet, in Savannah, Ga., and then moved into Chicago in 1979. These days, Reyes Holdings, a global food and beer distribution conglomerate, had sales of $23.5 billion in 2014 and consists of Reyes Beverage Group, the largest beer distributor in the U.S. The two brothers serve as co- chairs of Reyes Holdings.

Reyes and his wife Ann Reyes helm the J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes Foundation, which was established in 2007. Reyes is worth nearly $4 billion and has given steadily through the foundation to Chicago outfits in several key areas.

One big interest of the couple is health, where Reyes has been involved in a major way at several hospitals. He's served as president of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (formerly known as Children’s Memorial Medical Center) and chairs the board. It appears that Lurie Children's was supported most heavily last decade and Reyes helmed a $400 million capital campaign. In 2007 alone, Reyes gave Lurie Children's at least $5 million. More recently, the Lurie Children's Foundation received $1 million from the couple.

Reyes also served as vice chairman of MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington D.C. This is perhaps what lies behind recent steady sums to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. As well, the foundation has given to Jupiter Medical Center Foundation, and the Northwestern Memorial Foundation. It's worth noting that Reyes' brother, Jude, is a trustee at Northwestern University.

The couple also has an interest in education in Chicago. Recent money has gone to Lake Forest Academy, an independent boarding school, and Lake Forest Country Day School. Perhaps one or more of Reyes' children attended these schools. As well, support has gone to Reading Power, which helps students with reading, and toward fellowships at the Accelerate Institute. The couple has helped bankroll the Ryan Award, "a one-year, paid fellowship providing aspiring principals with the opportunity to step back and develop a high-impact strategy and plan for creating a high-achieving urban school in the year prior to their first year as a principal."

Assorted sums have also gone to Chicago outfits such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, Lync Opera of Chicago, the Field Museum, and the Museum of Science and Industry. Reyes is also a trustee at University of Notre Dame in South Bend, where modest sums have gone in recent years. 

At the end of a recent year, the funder claimed over $87,000 in assets and more than $4.7 million in total giving. J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes Foundation has no website and no clear process for grantseekers to get in touch. 


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J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes Foundation
6250 N. River Rd., Ste. 9000
Rosemont, IL 60018